A new YA sci-fi series set to publish on April 6th, 2021!
Releasing as an audiobook with Simon & Schuster Audio
Book Riot's "Most Anticipated Books of 2021"
Starred review from School Library Journal
Frolic's "The Top 10 YA Reads for April 2021"
In the Know's "THE 10 BEST NEW YA BOOKS OF APRIL 2021"
Cover illustrated by Casey Weldon and designed by Laura Eckes
Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, incisive, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.
Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years.
The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.
When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.
As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.
From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.
cw: death, gun violence, references to torture, threat
Simon & Schuster Audio - narrated by Mizuo Peck
Russia – Eksmo
"A cerebral and pulse-pounding exploration of what it means to be human. Highly recommended for any library shelf." — School Library Journal, starred review
"An intriguing speculative world that interrogates consciousness and humanity." — Kirkus Reviews
"Bowman has written [a] high-stakes sci-fi that is as much a commentary on human nature as it is a story about hope. [...] Readers are unlikely to find a more altruistic character in YA than Nami, and her empathy alone makes the pages turn." — Booklist
"Bowman combines the psychological with the heart-pounding in her powerful leap into science fiction. Featuring an imaginative world, a terrifying villain and a complex heroine, The Infinity Courts is a mesmerizing series opener that’s sure to lead to a thrilling, expectation-shattering sequel." — BookPage
"Akemi Dawn Bowman has written some of the most heartfelt wonders in contemporary YA, and this venture into sci-fi proves that her skill transcends genre." — BuzzFeed
"Akemi Dawn Bowman is a wonderfully diverse author—writing stunning novels across genres that defy expectations. The Infinity Courts is no different. When Nami dies in a horrific shooting, her consciousness wakes up in Infinity, an AI controlled afterlife. Ophelia, an AI assistant like Siri, rules over the souls trapped there, creating a division among the separated sections—called Courts. This book is so original and fast-paced, it deserves to live beyond the book in cinematic glory." — The Young Folks
"Death has never seemed like such an adventure. As one of my favorite authors, Bowman’s venture into science fiction is everything I hoped for and more. From an ensemble cast whose personalities skyrocket off the page, to the richly imaginative world and gripping prose, every part of this book felt masterful and left me on the edge of my seat. The Infinity Courts is absolutely everything I could want in a sci-fi." — Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth
"The Infinity Courts walks that glorious knife's edge between science fiction and fantasy, balanced at all times by Akemi Dawn Bowman's deep understanding of characters and relationships. The layered conflicts between humanity and technology and reality and perception kept me up at night. A fascinating story about survival in the afterlife." — Tracy Deonn, New York Times bestselling author of Legendborn
“A wildly imaginative epic powered by dazzling fantastical concepts, a wonderfully passionate heroine, and so much vibrant heart—this will be your new obsession!” — Sarah Kuhn, author of the Heroine Complex series
"The Infinity Courts is a high-stakes, action-packed wild ride of a book. It’s intelligent, emotional, and beautifully written. I was pulled in immediately by its fast pace action and emotionally diverse characters." — Spotlight Report
“Akemi Dawn Bowman is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with when she wields a pen. […] In a delicious combination of the thought-provoking study of death and humanity […], The Infinity Courts lands in the market as a delightful sucker punch.” – The Nerd Daily
"Fantasy, science fiction and romance all wrapped into one, The Infinity Courts is a page-turner you won’t want to put down." – In the Know